Fujita to become youngest to win cap for Japan


Japan coach Eddie Jones has picked 18-year-old Yoshikazu Fujita for the Asian Five Nations match against the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, the Waseda University wing poised to become the Brave Blossoms’ youngest player ever to win a cap.

Jones, who will make his home debut as Japan coach this weekend, selected his XV for the second Five Nations match on Wednesday. Japan hammered Kazakhstan 87-0 away in their opener last week in Almaty.

Fujita is set to make his maiden appearance for the Asian champions at 18 years and eight months, rewriting the previous record held by Christan Loamanu by three months.

Jones made five changes to the first team from the Kazakhstan game, among them Fujita who will start in place of World Cup veteran Hirotoki Onozawa.

Also earmarked for his debut in Japan red is Daiki Hashimoto, who has unseated Takamichi Sasaki at flanker. Sasaki moves over to No. 8 for Shoji Ito.